Ohlone Bluff Hike

Wilder Ranch State Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Ohlone Bluff Hike

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  • Entering Wilder Ranch State Park.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Parking lot and restrooms.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Old Landing Cove Trailhead.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Starting down the Old Landing Cove Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Song sparrow.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • First railroad crossing along Old Landing Cove Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Shortcut to Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Shortcut to Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Shortcut to Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Shortcut to Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Shortcut to Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • View of bluffs at Wilder Ranch State Park.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Crows on the Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Cormorants perched on a rock.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Views on the Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Views of Four Mile Beach on the Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Rainbow seen on the Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Rainbow seen on the Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Rainbow seen on the Ohlone Bluff Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Following the railroad track back to the parking lot.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • The trail turns back to the shortcut, or you can follow the railroad back to Old Landing Cove Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
  • Railroad crossing on the Old Landing Cove Trail.- Ohlone Bluff Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views of the Pacific Ocean. Abundant wildlife.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($10.00)
Total Distance: 
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
0 ft (0 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
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Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Extending from the Old Landing Cove, the Ohlone Bluff Trail is an additional 4.5 miles filled with fantastic Pacific Ocean views. This hike follows the bluffs in Wilder Ranch State Park and is great for hikers and bike riders alike. The Ohlone Bluff Trail is quite level and easy to navigate, which makes it a great hike for all ages and skill levels.

From the parking lot you will find the Old Landing Cove Trail at the west end. Head right (north) from this point until you get to the first railroad crossing. From here you can walk the railroad (north) a few hundred feet to another crossing and head west. This will take you to the start of the Ohlone Bluff Trail. A second option is to continue down Old Landing Cove until you reach the ocean. Here you will find a beach. Crossing this beach will also take you to the Ohlone Bluff Trail; however, it is only accessible this way during low tide. 

The path follows the coastline for about 2 miles until it circles to the backside of the nearby farms. From here the trail parallels Highway 1 and the railroad track. Keep following the railroad until it eventually connects back to the Old Landing Cove Trail.

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